Drawers 12.07.6 released with persistent mode and configuration panel
Sometimes, in our daily workflow, we, trying to complete various tasks and actions, tend to simultaneously use numerous applications, tendency that, by adding multiple icons on the launcher, fills the launcher with icons, approach managed by Unity via the accordion effect, meaning, the icons are folded at the bottom of the launcher, approach that, especially on low-sized screens, is perceived, by some users, as unproductive.
Drawers is a handy exciting utility designed with Unity in mind, that presents the user an original usability-wise manner when dealing with numerous applications, by on-demand grouping the applications in their own chameleonic Dash, basically, allowing the users to "link" apps, video clips, documents, web links, images, folders, etc, to a Unity launcher drawer (a .desktop/launcher generated by its parent Drawers), furthermore, exposing the contained files via its Unity quicklist (option to launch the items) and/or via its mini Dash (support to launch contained items).
Drawers does not interfere/compete with Unity's Dash, by contrary, acts as complementary, helping, on user demand, managing and exposing files, folders and apps for quick launch, being consistent with the desktop (Dash concept, chameleonic behavior, Unity quicklist, ability to be launched via the Dash, etc).
Drawers has just been updated to another exciting release, 12.07.6, version oriented towards enhanced tweaking and adjustments.
The new 12.07.6 introduces a handy double-sided usage behavior, by default, the Dash exposes the clickable items in order to be perceived, clicking on an item, closes the Dash, furthermore, a new behavior has been implemented that, by clicking (and thus activating the persistent mode) the top-right red line ("transforming" it into a keys icon), the mini Dash becomes persistent, not closed by clicks, meaning, clicking on an item, opens it, clicking on another item, opens it, while the Dash remain visible and clickable (with various use cases, such as fast opening of numerous text files, etc).
Drawers 12.07.6 comes with a solid in-depth configuration panel, where adjustable options are located, such as
Icon Size (changes the size of icons displayed in the mini Dash),
Font Size (the text used by the displayed icons in the Dash),
Transparency (option to set the Dash's used transparency level),
Maximum Icons per Row (the amount of icon number used for a "line", setting the value 3 puts the fourth added icon into the Dash on the second line, under the first 3 icons' line, thus expanding itself as a multiple of 3, setting, for instance, 7, allows the user, especially on big-sized screens, to access the items from a single visual "line"),
Item Width (space occupied by an icon on the Dash), etc, basically, a solid bundle of configuration options needed and suitable for an optimal usage.
After created, drawers come with a default orange Ubuntu-branded icon, icon that is to be easily changed by clicking, under the
Preferences dialog, on the top-right icon, action that opens a dialog from where the about-to-be-used icon is to be selected (logout required).
Ho do we install Drawers 12.07.6?
Add the following official PPA (Precise)
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ian-berke/ppa-drawers
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install drawers
Bugs can be reported on https://bugs.launchpad.net/drawers
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